Event Schedule

Work in Progress! 

  • Not all class descriptions and fees are final unless they are available for purchase.
  • All of the free Main Stage Livestream presentations are not listed here yet, descriptions and times are still in progress. However, Main Stage Livestream presentations will also be recorded and available to watch for free on your own schedule (on November 7-8) after they have been presented live. 
  • Free Pre-Recorded Classes may be watched at any time you choose, until January 31. 
  • Most paid livestream classes will be recorded and will be available to you (if you have purchased them) to watch on your own schedule (on November 7-8). (not all may be recorded, it is up the the wishes of the speakers)
  • If you want access until January 31 to all the recordings of the free Main Stage/free pre-recorded/paid pre-recorded and as many of the paid livestream classes as we can secure permission to include, you should consider the All Classes Recorded package. (Note that any materials included with the livestream classes will not be available with this package)
  • Classes with Tastings must be purchased by October 9 so we have time to ship materials to you. 
  • Classes without tastings (Lecture) may be purchased until November 6. 
  • You MUST have at least a free General Admission pass in order to take any classes or watch any pre-recorded free classes. There will be no refunds possible if you purchase a class without having a GA pass to the event itself. 

Classes

Saturday

Discover Your Own Tea Blend


Time: Saturday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: This class provides a video which outlines simple steps to begin your personal Blending Experience. Anna Marie's blending expert, Sarah, will demonstrate steps to explore your journey. She will bring you many suggestions of flavors to enhance your journey - capturing that perfect "Cuppa." Once you begin this journey it will lead to many different avenues - your imagination is the only limitation. It can be as simple or as complicated as your desire. Don't limit yourself to simple cups of tea when your palette is encouraging complexity.Warning: This can become an obsession. The world of TEA Blending is never ending. Speaker: Sarah Matthews, Anna Marie's Teas Cost: $10 Suggested Materials: Blending kit from Anna Marie's Teas (link pending)




Japanese Tea Processing


Time: Saturday, November 7, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pending Speaker: Ian Chun, Yunomi Cost: Pending




Blending In to Stand Out: An Exploration of Making Unique Tea Blends


Time: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: From all the way back in the 1800s, tea has been subject to the whims of people's ingenuity and creativity. Blends began as a means of masking flavor, but soon evolved into a way to achieve a desired outcome. Beyond emulating a given taste, it served as a vehicle to introduce health benefits to the public in a way that no other beverage could, long before kombucha and health shakes came to market. But as we're moving forward into the future, it seems that less and less people explore and experiment, so the purpose of this class is to walk you through the nuances of working with ingredients and tea, all with a goal in mind, in order to approach blending in a different way. A way that hopefully creates a new entry point for beginner drinkers and veteran connoisseurs to enjoy tea and reap all the added benefits blends have to offer. The syllabus is as follows:

  • What defines a blend?
  • Through the ages: blends of the past, the state of blends today, and their perception Looking to tomorrow: the importance and impact, and how to pass on the "tradition" of tea
  • Composition: the ingredients that go into them, sourcing, and the flavor/aroma wheel
  • Tools of the trade: verbiage and vocabulary, and basic setup for starting
  • Rules of engagement: Beginner's tips, blending with intention and emotion, and things to watch out for.
Speaker: Leo Nima, Ruby Lion Cost: $10 Materials needed: We highly recommend having a cup of something common like Earl Grey on hand to smell and taste, in lieu of being together to sample the ingredients that get discussed!




Terroir and Cultivar of Japanese Green Tea - Find Your Taste and Brew Perfectly


Time: Saturday, November 7, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Just like wine or coffee, Japanese green tea has terroir and cultivar. Depending on the region produced or manufacturing process, you can enjoy various taste and scent. It gives us fun to find our own taste. Also it's important to know the right brewing temperature and time to enjoy the difference, otherwise sometimes it causes too bitter or too astringent taste. This class will introduce major terroirs and cultivars in Japan, the guide to find your favorite teas in tea shops and tips to brew in a delicious way. Speaker: Akiko Ono, Liliku Tea Cost: $5; includes tea samples




The World of Japanese Black Teas (with Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Not much is known about Japanese Black teas, specially in the western part of the world. Even in Japan,these exceptional teas are not new, as some might believe. It’s production dates back to the early 1900’s when the first cultivar (tea plant variety or cépage) “Benihomare” was selected to produce the first black tea, which would become the “father” of other tea cultivars used for black tea production. This seminar will include history,main cultivars used for black tea production, suggested brewing parameters for a very enjoyable cup of authentic Japanese black tea and a special surprise for those who attend this seminar. Last year, at the Chicago International Tea Festival 2019, I had the honor to work with the collaboration of Mr. Florent Weugue for two successful seminars, Mr. Weugue is the first French citizen certified as “Japanese Tea Instructor (Nihoncha)”, living in Japan for more than two decades,also Director of Product Research and Development at Thés du Japón,Tokyo-Yanaka shop and online shop.This year for this “Virtual Festival” he has kindly accepted to provide a unique selection from his exclusive line of black teas for those guests who would like to taste them at the comfort of their homes. Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $25; includes 30 grams of tea samples plus a bonus! Materials Needed: Filtered boiled water, 1 small porcelain cup, 1 small strainer. 1 small heat resistant teapot or gaiwan.




Cooking with Tea: How to Infuse Your Recipes


Time: Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: By incorporating tea into your recipes, you infuse them with both flavor and health benefits. In Asia, they've been cooking with tea for centuries, but it's just beginning to catch on in America as chefs at some of the top restaurants are experimenting with it. And while many people are familiar with green tea smoothies, matcha powder baked goods, or tea-poached eggs, that's only scratching the surface of what's possible. Alan & Marlys Arnold, owners of Adventures with Tea, will explore nine basic techniques for infusing your favorite teas into everything from main dishes to desserts. You'll discover examples of each technique ... plus they'll have some surprise bonus ideas! Speaker: Marlys Arnold & Alan Arnold, Adventures With Tea Cost: $10




Candlelight Tea Meditation


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST (90 minutes) Type of Session: Livestream Lecture w/ Participation Description: The last weeks of the year are traditionally an auspicious period for tea lovers - a time for gathering close, sharing tea with dear friends, and reflecting on what we take into the days ahead. In this soothing, contemplative workshop, we'll explore the inherent energy of this season of gratitude. Includes a suggested list of easy to find teas and brewing items to practice in real time, guided tea meditation suitable for all levels, and also a peaceful playlist for you to optionally include music in your practice (exercises are set to this music). Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




A Day In the Life of a Tea Garden


Time: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: No, it is not a story about a tea plucker! There are other people on a tea plantation who are necessary to produce great teas. I will talk about the people who are not first hand involved in the tea producing process. For example, one story is about the truck driver who has been with our Tea Estate for more than 20 years. He is responsible for bringing the teas every day from the upper garden which takes him 1 whole hour each way everyday. He has seen tea from a completely different angle and I am curious to bring his story. Speaker: Nischal Banskota, Nepal Tea Cost: $10




The Mysterious World of Dark Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: There’s a Chinese tea, mostly from Hunan province, called Dark Tea, that is shrouded in mystery. It is a medium-bodied tea with many varieties, renowned in China for its health properties. The Chinese have been drinking this tea since the 9th century, but it is almost unknown in the West. This workshop will explore the world of Dark Tea. We will taste at least three different types of Dark Tea. We will explain many aspects of Dark Tea: where it comes from, how is it made, and what makes it unique. This is not a session on the health benefits of Dark Tea. But, If you like learning and tasting things new, this is the session for you. Description: Pending Speaker: Bill Waddington, Tea Source Cost: $15; includes tea samples




How We Experience The Flavor of Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: What do your sense of taste, smell, and trigeminal sensation contribute to your experience of tea? Bring your favorite tea as we discuss how the compounds in the tea interact with your nose and mouth, and how to maximize your delight! Speaker: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, Pair Teas Cost: $10




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (Lecture Only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (w/ Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $30, includes tea samples




Tea Cocktails


Time: Saturday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: During the class you will see techniques for proper brewing of teas and mixing them with various alcohols. Includes recipes. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: We will email you closer to the time of the event with suggestions of teas and alcohols to have on hand to make one of the recipes along with Agnieszka!




New Zealand Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Explore the new region of growing tea. Tea Sommelier from TeaGschwendner will explain the reasoning for the new production, history, and differences from other cultivation. Taste the teas from the other side of the world via cupping of 3 unique teas. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
Cost: $25; includes 3 tea samples




How to Enjoy Tamaryokucha (Lecture only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST Type: Livestream Lecture Description: Tamaryokucha is produced more than gyokuro in Japan, and I wonder how many of you know about this tea type? This class explains about steamedtamaryokucha and roasted tamaryokucha - their origins, making methods,characteristics, and instruct how to brew and enjoy tamaryokucha. Speaker: Tomoe Watanabe, Sono-Organic Cost: $5




How to Enjoy Tamaryokucha (w/ Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST Type: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tamaryokucha is produced more than gyokuro in Japan, and I wonder how many of you know about this tea type? This class explains about steamedtamaryokucha and roasted tamaryokucha - their origins, making methods,characteristics, and instruct how to brew and enjoy tamaryokucha. Speaker: Tomoe Watanabe, Sono-Organic Cost: $12; includes roasted tamaryokucha tea samples (leaf tea 10g, powder tea 10g) and steamed tamaryokucha tea samples (leaf tea 10g) Suggested Materials: Boiled soft water (boiled for 5 min.), 2 small ceramic
cups, 1 ceramic teapot, and 1 teaspoon.




Afternoon Tea: How Did This Eccentric Ritual Evolve and Why


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: How to organise and host an Afternoon Tea Party; tea etiquette including the cup, saucer and teaspoon, the tiered cake stand, the sandwiches, the tea knife and pastry fork, how to eat scones and pastries correctly, and much more. Speaker: Jane Pettigrew, Author Cost: $10




A Deeper Look Into China's Teas


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Even the casual tea drinker has enjoyed some of China’s famous teas. But have you considered the range of tea styles, the thousands of varieties, and the geographical influence on your favorite beverage? Our approach will be to offer flights of teas. This guide allows us to show a wide variety of teas. More importantly, we not only learn about processing but gain insights into intent on the part of tea masters. Each category will be represented by several teas, and the logic behind a suggested sequence will show how we evaluate quality and find good value. Each flight can serve as a map for future exploration on your own. You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters. Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung ( Verileaf) Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase any or all of the tea flights we will discuss.




15 Teas Every Tea Lover Should Taste


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: With the tea plant now growing in more than 60 countries and with thousands of teas from which to choose, selecting just 15 teas to highlight was a daunting task for the editors of TeaTime magazine. Learn about the history and flavor profiles that make these teas so notable that every well-rounded tea drinker should experience them at least once. Editor Lorna Reeves will guide you to taste several of the selections in class and will equip you with the necessary skills to taste the remaining teas on your own. Speaker: Lorna Reeves, Tea Time Magazine Cost: $35; includes kit of 15 teas




Understanding Japanese Tea Types & Quality


Time: Saturday, November 7, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pending Speaker: Ian Chun, Yunomi




Why We're Craving Tea In the Time of Corona


Time: Saturday, November 7, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: Tea products have been touted for their various benefits for centuries, and have enjoyed increasing success as a healthy beverage in the North American market over the past decade. During this year’s global pandemic, however, the demand for wellness-promoting teas has spiked, according to reporting in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. In this live session we will examine the unique perceived and verified benefits of teas which support why so many are turning to tea and functional herbals today, and look forward to answering your questions on the topic. Speaker: Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot Cost: $10




The World of Japanese Black Teas (Lecture only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Not much is known about Japanese Black teas, specially in the western part of the world. Even in Japan,these exceptional teas are not new, as some might believe. Its' production dates back to the early 1900’s when the first cultivar (tea plant variety or cépage) “Benihomare” was selected to produce the first black tea, which would become the “father” of other tea cultivars used for black tea production. This seminar will include history,main cultivars used for black tea production, and suggested brewing parameters for a very enjoyable cup of authentic Japanese black tea. Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $5





Sunday

A Study of Ceylon Black Tea Manufacture in Relation to Elevation in Sri Lanka


Time: Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting? Description: Pending Speaker: Lalith Paranavitana, Tea Temptations Cost: Pending




The Health Benefits of Tea & Tea Rituals


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: In the ninth century when tea was traded to Mongolia, Tibet, and Japan, it became the favorite drink of Buddhist monks, who found that it helped them stay awake during long periods of prayer and meditation. Used as an elixir of sobriety and wakeful tranquility, tea was also a means of spiritual refreshment and the ritual of preparing and partaking of it was an occasion for spiritual conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart. In this class we will go over the basics of the Camellia Sinensis tea leaf and how to create your own tea ritual. Emilie will also share with you the most symbolic tea rituals around the world. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $15 Materials needed: Make sure to set up a for the class in a quiet space. Have tea and tea accessories ready to prepare tea together.




All About Earl Grey


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting

All About Earl Grey. Yes, he was a real person. Learn about Bergamot and how to make a smooth cup of Earl Grey tea. Standards for this tea are a gray area, so we will compare lots of different blends then make our own.

Bring a teabag or 5 grams of any Earl Grey and steep it, as we talk about the history and culture of this blend. We’ll do a survey of the various brands and post the results for all attendees. Then we’ll have a discussion of how to make an Earl Grey blend that suits you. If you order the blending kit, you can play along.

Speaker: Molly Nesham, Persnicketea Cost: $5, includes a single serving of Earl Grey black tea & shipping Materials needed: Kettle or something to heat water, good water, small teapot or large cup to brew the tea plus a cup for the brewed tea and a teaspoon. If you want to order the blending kit from PersnickeTea, you can purchase it here: Blending Kit. Be sure to order at least 3 weeks in advance of the event so you are sure to have your kit by then.




Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas


Date: Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm CST Type: Livestream with Tasting Description: Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas Speaker: David Tillerman, Tillerman Tea Cost: $35; includes 1/2 ounce each of 6 different Taiwanese teas Materials needed: At least 3 and ideally 6 cha hai (sharing pitchers, cups, bowls, etc.) so the different teas can be examined and compared at the same time, source of boiling water, tea cups, gaiwan or pot for brewing




Introduction to Pu-erh Tea


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you to dive deeper and discover what makes Pu-erh so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing Pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, health benefits, and learning how to identify the quality of both raw and ripe Pu-erh teas.Walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge when brewing and purchasing your next Pu-erh Tea. Plus an exclusive Q&A session for the participants will follow the live presentation, please prepare your question ahead of time and submit them during the livestream. Feel free to grab a cup of your favorite tea and join us. Speaker: Jeffrey McIntosh, McIntosh Tea Cost: $15




Tea & Scones with Friends


Time: Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture w/ Participation Description: Gather your friends, of course, with social distancing or virtual, and enjoy the taste, fun & fellowship of “Tea & Scones”. Join Brenda as she walks you through this very simple but very rewarding event.The class will include a video demonstrating simple steps that will make you an award winning scone maker! Brenda will share secrets of her fifteen years providing yummy, flaky scones for hundreds of guests socializing and enjoying "TEA and Scones with Friends." Sarah will provide visual brewing methods for that "Perfect Cup of TEA" along with ideas for choosing the tea for your TEA and Scone experience with friends. Speaker: Brenda Hedrick, Anna Marie's Teas Cost: $10 Suggested Materials: Scone mix and teas from Anna Marie's Teas (link pending)




Essentials of Tea Tasting


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: "Can you tell me what I'm tasting?" While only you can experience your own sense of taste for yourself, being able to describe and explore are definitely skills you can learn. In this interactive tasting class, we'll define through experience the essential tasting vocabulary terms to know, how they manifest and vary across categories, plus explore the technique of tasting itself. Includes a simple list of recommended teas to brew along live in real time during class. Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




Women In Tea


Time: Sunday, November 8, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: I will discuss how women have not just been in the low level jobs in the tea industry but are setting examples in executive roles. One story is about our youngest and the only garden supervisor in the area but there are other stories of women as directors in the tea industry. There is one story about a woman who sent all her children to school just by selling tea everyday. The fee for this class is a donation to support the work that Nepal Tea is doing to support women. Speaker: Nishchal Banskota, Nepal Tea Cost: $10




How Mississippi Sunshine (Yellow Tea) is Made


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Have you ever had, or have you ever heard of, yellow tea? It is the rarest of teas in the tea world and is very rarely found outside of China. The good news is that it is being made right here in the US!In this course, we will explore how Mississippi Sunshine Yellow Tea is made. We will take you on a video/picture tour of the farm and processing facility and show you step by step how Mississippi Sunshine is made.You will receive a half ounce packet of Mississippi Sunshine prior to the class. We will brew it up and taste it together during the class.We look forward to seeing you in the class. Seating is limited so get your tickets today! Speaker: Jason McDonald & Timothy Gipson, The Great Mississippi Tea Company Cost: $30, includes 1/2 ounce sample




What Is Caffeine & What Is It Doing In Your Tea?


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Caffeine is perhaps the most consumed "drug" in the world. Find out why and how the tea leaf makes caffeine, how much of the leaf's caffeine actually arrives into your cup, and what caffeine does and doesn't do for your health. Speaker: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, Pair Teas Cost: $10




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (w/ Tastings)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $49; includes Standard Professional 4 piece Cupping Set and several samples of different teas




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (Lecture only)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




The Real Skinny on Tea & Weight Loss


Time: Sunday, November 8, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Sexy ads, click-bait articles and splashy social posts abound with offers to buy the latest TEA that will simply melt the excess pounds away. Research studies are confusing and often inconclusive in their final analysis. If you’re confused whether TEA can really help in the battle of the bulge, you are not alone. We all know weight loss is complex; nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, age all play a role. But what role can TEA play? Can it really help with healthy weight management? What information can I trust and what’s a scam? This presentation represents Stacie Robertson’s decade long search for the REAL truth about TEA when it comes to weight loss. In the USA 75% of all deaths are contributed to “lifestyle” diseases stemming from obesity, so it’s never been more important to find out. In this presentation you will learn what the new and emerging science has to say. We’ll unpack the data on population trials, scientific research on the chemistry of tea, and behavior modification utilizing tea. Combining this groundbreaking information with other good choices can help anyone achieve a healthier weight. Stacie takes a deep dive into peer reviewed published studies and crunches the facts and data into good news we can all use. Her lifelong quest for optimal health and passion for tea have led her to discover unique “hacks” using tea, that create real results you can see and feel. A lively, fun, and upbeat presentation you will genuinely enjoy, and your purchase includes a comprehensive email report with all the key points, data, and references! Speaker: Stacie Robertson, Tea Market Cost: $15




Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Teas and Their Hundreds of Aromas


Time: Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: This is a playful blind tasting workshop that asks you to guess what tea we are drinking, and the first 3 persons with correct answers will each receive 1 oz free Phoenix Dan Cong teas! Each attendee will receive 3 Dan Cong teas as samples and provided with 5 cultivars to guess from. After each tea’s first steeping, everyone will be given 1-2 mins to taste the tea and guess which cultivar it is before we discuss tasting notes and background stories more in depth. The answers will be revealed in the end and more details will be explained. Speaker: Rainy Huang, Serene Tea Cost: $25; includes 3 samples of Dan Cong Oolong teas




Oolong Tea Immersion


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST

Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting

Description: Producing Oolong tea is arguably one of the most demanding and rewarding styles of tea. Their flavors can run from sweet, light, and floral, to dark, woodsy and roasted. Making the best oolong teas requires hours of constant attention, and years of sensory and skill building to coax everything the leaf has to offer.

Learning about oolongs and building an understanding of this unique category of tea requires some (rewarding) devotion. This session will guide you through an exploration of several styles and tastes that highlights the wide range of experiences that oolong teas offer us.

We will also be guiding a tasting of two quite different oolongs during our time together.

You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters.

Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung (VeriLeaf) Cost: $10 Materials suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase a sampling of these two teas so you can enjoy those with us. For a deeper oolong experience, we will offer a sampling kit of all the teas we cover.




The Rise of Single Estate Japanese Tea - How Did It Happen & Where Are We Heading?


Time: Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Although almost unheard of only twenty years ago, single estate Japanese tea has gained momentum in the last couple of years. With the number of cafes in Japan specializing in Japanese tea on the rise, and with increasingly frequent attention from commercial as well as private actors on different media platforms, signs are that the genre will strengthen its position even further in the near future. What drove the evolution in this direction? And why was single estate Japanese tea not available on the market only a few decades ago? Finally, what can we expect the future to offer us? Speaker: Oscar Brekell, Instructor of Japanese Tea & Author Cost: $10




The Perfect Tea Tasting Event


Time: Sunday, November 8, 9:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: How to plan and organise, what equipment is needed, how to present the teas, how to ensure that guests have a great time, learn more about tea and are encouraged to explore the ever widening range of world teas. Speaker: Jane Pettigrew, Author Cost: $10




Darjeeling Teas In Harmony with the Seasons


Time: Sunday, November 8, 9:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Started in 1859, Glenburn has been perfecting the art of growing Darjeeling tea for over 150 years. Join Shalini Agarwal, 3rd generation of the Chaiwala family and explore what makes this tea so special. It is the unique terroir and location of Darjeeling, in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India, that has given Darjeeling Tea a Geographical Index much like the one that Champagne has. This session will give you a clear understanding of the differences between the four seasonal teas of Darjeeling. We will learn about how the weather, varietal and microclimate affect flavor and best ways to brew, hot or cold. Speaker: Shalini Prakash Agarwal, Glenburn Fine Teas Cost: $25; includes a sample from each of the four seasonal teas and a brewing guide




Hosting a Themed Tea Party


Time: Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Participants will learn how to create a themed menu, decide on party games and activities, pair menu with teas, create a tea table scape, etc. for a 2 hour themed tea party. This program is good for all levels of tea lover. Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room Cost: $5





Basics

Blending In to Stand Out: An Exploration of Making Unique Tea Blends


Time: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: From all the way back in the 1800s, tea has been subject to the whims of people's ingenuity and creativity. Blends began as a means of masking flavor, but soon evolved into a way to achieve a desired outcome. Beyond emulating a given taste, it served as a vehicle to introduce health benefits to the public in a way that no other beverage could, long before kombucha and health shakes came to market. But as we're moving forward into the future, it seems that less and less people explore and experiment, so the purpose of this class is to walk you through the nuances of working with ingredients and tea, all with a goal in mind, in order to approach blending in a different way. A way that hopefully creates a new entry point for beginner drinkers and veteran connoisseurs to enjoy tea and reap all the added benefits blends have to offer. The syllabus is as follows:

  • What defines a blend?
  • Through the ages: blends of the past, the state of blends today, and their perception Looking to tomorrow: the importance and impact, and how to pass on the "tradition" of tea
  • Composition: the ingredients that go into them, sourcing, and the flavor/aroma wheel
  • Tools of the trade: verbiage and vocabulary, and basic setup for starting
  • Rules of engagement: Beginner's tips, blending with intention and emotion, and things to watch out for.
Speaker: Leo Nima, Ruby Lion Cost: $10 Materials needed: We highly recommend having a cup of something common like Earl Grey on hand to smell and taste, in lieu of being together to sample the ingredients that get discussed!




All About Earl Grey


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting

All About Earl Grey. Yes, he was a real person. Learn about Bergamot and how to make a smooth cup of Earl Grey tea. Standards for this tea are a gray area, so we will compare lots of different blends then make our own.

Bring a teabag or 5 grams of any Earl Grey and steep it, as we talk about the history and culture of this blend. We’ll do a survey of the various brands and post the results for all attendees. Then we’ll have a discussion of how to make an Earl Grey blend that suits you. If you order the blending kit, you can play along.

Speaker: Molly Nesham, Persnicketea Cost: $5, includes a single serving of Earl Grey black tea & shipping Materials needed: Kettle or something to heat water, good water, small teapot or large cup to brew the tea plus a cup for the brewed tea and a teaspoon. If you want to order the blending kit from PersnickeTea, you can purchase it here: Blending Kit. Be sure to order at least 3 weeks in advance of the event so you are sure to have your kit by then.




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (Lecture only)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Wagashi - Traditional Japanese Sweets


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, are often served at special events during the year, at tea ceremonies or as an every day treat. These beautiful confections are an important part of Japanese culture and the ingredients are plant based such as rice, sugar and beans. Crafted in a special way, very much related to each season of the year, or even each month, they create anticipation for the senses with flavors, textures and shapes that go in harmony. For this class we will have the honor to recreate some recipes from the book "The Art of Wagashi by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture at The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she was also the director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. Ms. Kimiko Gunji has kindly suggested some recipes from her own book so participants can recreate them from the comfort of their own homes. Let's embark on a journey of history, tradition and flavors from "The Land of the Rising Sun". Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $5 Materials suggested: a link for Book and kits containing some of the ingredients will be provided by Japan House, participants will be able to purchase those directly from them. A follow up email containing the link will be sent after the class is purchased.




New Zealand Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Explore the new region of growing tea. Tea Sommelier from TeaGschwendner will explain the reasoning for the new production, history, and differences from other cultivation. Taste the teas from the other side of the world via cupping of 3 unique teas. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
Cost: $25; includes 3 tea samples




The Mysterious World of Dark Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: There’s a Chinese tea, mostly from Hunan province, called Dark Tea, that is shrouded in mystery. It is a medium-bodied tea with many varieties, renowned in China for its health properties. The Chinese have been drinking this tea since the 9th century, but it is almost unknown in the West. This workshop will explore the world of Dark Tea. We will taste at least three different types of Dark Tea. We will explain many aspects of Dark Tea: where it comes from, how is it made, and what makes it unique. This is not a session on the health benefits of Dark Tea. But, If you like learning and tasting things new, this is the session for you. Description: Pending Speaker: Bill Waddington, Tea Source Cost: $15; includes tea samples




Introduction to Pu-erh Tea


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you to dive deeper and discover what makes Pu-erh so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing Pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, health benefits, and learning how to identify the quality of both raw and ripe Pu-erh teas.Walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge when brewing and purchasing your next Pu-erh Tea. Plus an exclusive Q&A session for the participants will follow the live presentation, please prepare your question ahead of time and submit them during the livestream. Feel free to grab a cup of your favorite tea and join us. Speaker: Jeffrey McIntosh, McIntosh Tea Cost: $15




Essentials of Tea Tasting


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: "Can you tell me what I'm tasting?" While only you can experience your own sense of taste for yourself, being able to describe and explore are definitely skills you can learn. In this interactive tasting class, we'll define through experience the essential tasting vocabulary terms to know, how they manifest and vary across categories, plus explore the technique of tasting itself. Includes a simple list of recommended teas to brew along live in real time during class. Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




Practicing Tea on a Budget


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Lecture Description: Accessibility to tea includes not only access to information - it's also accessibility on a financial level. While an enduring tea practice is definitely an investment of time and, yes, money, it should be available no matter what that looks like for anyone right now. In this workshop, we'll take a look at how to create a foundation that's functional and will serve easy exploration - from space, to equipment, to tea and teaware. We'll also discuss how to gradually select more advanced items without ignoring budgetary needs. Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $5




Innovations In Tea 2020


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: While tea has been consumed for over 5000 years, new teas are being created all the time. Unconventional is becoming a new norm and it can be challenging to stay abreast of the fascinating changes and developments. From newly developed tea bush cultivars, alternate terroir, untraditional growing methods to modifications and combinations in manufacture, this seminar will explain basic tea manufacturing process, describe all six conventional tea categories, explore types of variations, taste specific innovative teas and learn about how they are made. We'll also learn how to recognize fact from marketing hype. Join tea authority Dan Robertson on a mind opening taste experience. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (w/ Tastings)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $49; includes Standard Professional 4 piece Cupping Set and several samples of different teas




Oolong Tea Immersion


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST

Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting

Description: Producing Oolong tea is arguably one of the most demanding and rewarding styles of tea. Their flavors can run from sweet, light, and floral, to dark, woodsy and roasted. Making the best oolong teas requires hours of constant attention, and years of sensory and skill building to coax everything the leaf has to offer.

Learning about oolongs and building an understanding of this unique category of tea requires some (rewarding) devotion. This session will guide you through an exploration of several styles and tastes that highlights the wide range of experiences that oolong teas offer us.

We will also be guiding a tasting of two quite different oolongs during our time together.

You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters.

Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung (VeriLeaf) Cost: $10 Materials suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase a sampling of these two teas so you can enjoy those with us. For a deeper oolong experience, we will offer a sampling kit of all the teas we cover.




A Deeper Look Into China's Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Even the casual tea drinker has enjoyed some of China’s famous teas. But have you considered the range of tea styles, the thousands of varieties, and the geographical influence on your favorite beverage? Our approach will be to offer flights of teas. This guide allows us to show a wide variety of teas. More importantly, we not only learn about processing but gain insights into intent on the part of tea masters. Each category will be represented by several teas, and the logic behind a suggested sequence will show how we evaluate quality and find good value. Each flight can serve as a map for future exploration on your own. You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters. Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung (Verileaf) Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase any or all of the tea flights we will discuss.




Darjeeling Teas In Harmony with the Seasons


Time: Sunday, November 8, 9:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Started in 1859, Glenburn has been perfecting the art of growing Darjeeling tea for over 150 years. Join Shalini Agarwal, 3rd generation of the Chaiwala family and explore what makes this tea so special. It is the unique terroir and location of Darjeeling, in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India, that has given Darjeeling Tea a Geographical Index much like the one that Champagne has. This session will give you a clear understanding of the differences between the four seasonal teas of Darjeeling. We will learn about how the weather, varietal and microclimate affect flavor and best ways to brew, hot or cold. Speaker: Shalini Prakash Agarwal, Glenburn Fine Teas Cost: $25; includes a sample from each of the four seasonal teas and a brewing guide




Teas vs Herbs


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Not all hot herbal beverages can be categorized as tea. Tea comes from the tea shrub (Camellia sinensis). From this plant black, pu-erh, oolong, green, yellow and white teas are made. Tisanes on the opposite are often wrongly referred to as ‘herbal teas,’ but since they don’t come from the tea shrub, they’re not truly tea. In this workshop you will learn the differences between teas and tisanes, how to brew them and what are the health benefits of those herbs that have been used for thousands of years. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $10




Delicious Tea Lattes & Other Tea Based Beverages


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Tea is definitely trending and you'll see more and more of it and its variations everywhere. Besides the regular cup of tea that most establishments might offer, some cafes and restaurants are adding more tea-based options on their menus like Matcha latte, Chai latte, and so on. There is a world of options and beverages that we can create with tea. Join me in this workshop and learn the basics on how to make the perfect tea latte, and let's create several recipes together using different types of teas, blends and powders (including some non-caffeinated ones) Speaker: Daniela Titiun, Tea Cachai Cost: $5 Suggested Materials: Daniela will send a pdf closer to time for the event with a suggested shopping list





Health

The Real Skinny on Tea & Weight Loss


Time: Sunday, November 8, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Sexy ads, click-bait articles and splashy social posts abound with offers to buy the latest TEA that will simply melt the excess pounds away. Research studies are confusing and often inconclusive in their final analysis. If you’re confused whether TEA can really help in the battle of the bulge, you are not alone. We all know weight loss is complex; nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, age all play a role. But what role can TEA play? Can it really help with healthy weight management? What information can I trust and what’s a scam? This presentation represents Stacie Robertson’s decade long search for the REAL truth about TEA when it comes to weight loss. In the USA 75% of all deaths are contributed to “lifestyle” diseases stemming from obesity, so it’s never been more important to find out. In this presentation you will learn what the new and emerging science has to say. We’ll unpack the data on population trials, scientific research on the chemistry of tea, and behavior modification utilizing tea. Combining this groundbreaking information with other good choices can help anyone achieve a healthier weight. Stacie takes a deep dive into peer reviewed published studies and crunches the facts and data into good news we can all use. Her lifelong quest for optimal health and passion for tea have led her to discover unique “hacks” using tea, that create real results you can see and feel. A lively, fun, and upbeat presentation you will genuinely enjoy, and your purchase includes a comprehensive email report with all the key points, data, and references! Speaker: Stacie Robertson, Tea Market Cost: $15




Candlelight Tea Meditation


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST (90 minutes) Type of Session: Livestream Lecture w/ Participation Description: The last weeks of the year are traditionally an auspicious period for tea lovers - a time for gathering close, sharing tea with dear friends, and reflecting on what we take into the days ahead. In this soothing, contemplative workshop, we'll explore the inherent energy of this season of gratitude. Includes a suggested list of easy to find teas and brewing items to practice in real time, guided tea meditation suitable for all levels, and also a peaceful playlist for you to optionally include music in your practice (exercises are set to this music). Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




The Health Benefits of Tea & Tea Rituals


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: In the ninth century when tea was traded to Mongolia, Tibet, and Japan, it became the favorite drink of Buddhist monks, who found that it helped them stay awake during long periods of prayer and meditation. Used as an elixir of sobriety and wakeful tranquility, tea was also a means of spiritual refreshment and the ritual of preparing and partaking of it was an occasion for spiritual conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart. In this class we will go over the basics of the Camellia Sinensis tea leaf and how to create your own tea ritual. Emilie will also share with you the most symbolic tea rituals around the world. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $15 Materials needed: Make sure to set up a for the class in a quiet space. Have tea and tea accessories ready to prepare tea together.




Why We're Craving Tea In the Time of Corona


Time: Saturday, November 7, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: Tea products have been touted for their various benefits for centuries, and have enjoyed increasing success as a healthy beverage in the North American market over the past decade. During this year’s global pandemic, however, the demand for wellness-promoting teas has spiked, according to reporting in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. In this live session we will examine the unique perceived and verified benefits of teas which support why so many are turning to tea and functional herbals today, and look forward to answering your questions on the topic. Speaker: Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot Cost: $10





Intermediate

Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas


Date: Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm CST Type: Livestream with Tasting Description: Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas Speaker: David Tillerman, Tillerman Tea Cost: $35; includes 1/2 ounce each of 6 different Taiwanese teas Materials needed: At least 3 and ideally 6 cha hai (sharing pitchers, cups, bowls, etc.) so the different teas can be examined and compared at the same time, source of boiling water, tea cups, gaiwan or pot for brewing




Innovations In Tea 2020


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: While tea has been consumed for over 5000 years, new teas are being created all the time. Unconventional is becoming a new norm and it can be challenging to stay abreast of the fascinating changes and developments. From newly developed tea bush cultivars, alternate terroir, untraditional growing methods to modifications and combinations in manufacture, this seminar will explain basic tea manufacturing process, describe all six conventional tea categories, explore types of variations, taste specific innovative teas and learn about how they are made. We'll also learn how to recognize fact from marketing hype. Join tea authority Dan Robertson on a mind opening taste experience. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (Lecture Only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (w/ Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $30, includes tea samples




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (w/ Tastings)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training prgram offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $49; includes Standard Professional 4 piece Cupping Set and several samples of different teas




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (Lecture only)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Wagashi - Traditional Japanese Sweets


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, are often served at special events during the year, at tea ceremonies or as an every day treat. These beautiful confections are an important part of Japanese culture and the ingredients are plant based such as rice, sugar and beans. Crafted in a special way, very much related to each season of the year, or even each month, they create anticipation for the senses with flavors, textures and shapes that go in harmony. For this class we will have the honor to recreate some recipes from the book "The Art of Wagashi by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture at The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she was also the director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. Ms. Kimiko Gunji has kindly suggested some recipes from her own book so participants can recreate them from the comfort of their own homes. Let's embark on a journey of history, tradition and flavors from "The Land of the Rising Sun". Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $5 Materials suggested: a link for Book and kits containing some of the ingredients will be provided by Japan House, participants will be able to purchase those directly from them. A follow up email containing the link will be sent after the class is purchased.




A Deeper Look Into China's Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Even the casual tea drinker has enjoyed some of China’s famous teas. But have you considered the range of tea styles, the thousands of varieties, and the geographical influence on your favorite beverage? Our approach will be to offer flights of teas. This guide allows us to show a wide variety of teas. More importantly, we not only learn about processing but gain insights into intent on the part of tea masters. Each category will be represented by several teas, and the logic behind a suggested sequence will show how we evaluate quality and find good value. Each flight can serve as a map for future exploration on your own. You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters. Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung (Verileaf) Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase any or all of the tea flights we will discuss.




New Zealand Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Explore the new region of growing tea. Tea Sommelier from TeaGschwendner will explain the reasoning for the new production, history, and differences from other cultivation. Taste the teas from the other side of the world via cupping of 3 unique teas. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
Cost: $25; includes 3 tea samples





Pre-Recorded (Paid)

History of Tea: East vs West


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Since ancient times, the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis shrub have been used for medicinal purposes and brewed to create an aromatic, soothing and refreshing drink called tea. Originally from China, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. But from Japan to England, Morocco to Russia, it's also a complex blend of art, culture and tradition.During presentation Emilie Jackson, owner of Emilie's French Tea's, will share her passion of tea through her own traveling experiences and historical research. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $10




Practicing Tea on a Budget


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Lecture Description: Accessibility to tea includes not only access to information - it's also accessibility on a financial level. While an enduring tea practice is definitely an investment of time and, yes, money, it should be available no matter what that looks like for anyone right now. In this workshop, we'll take a look at how to create a foundation that's functional and will serve easy exploration - from space, to equipment, to tea and teaware. We'll also discuss how to gradually select more advanced items without ignoring budgetary needs. Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $5




Innovations In Tea 2020


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded w/ Tastings Description: While tea has been consumed for over 5000 years, new teas are being created all the time. Unconventional is becoming a new norm and it can be challenging to stay abreast of the fascinating changes and developments. From newly developed tea bush cultivars, alternate terroir, untraditional growing methods to modifications and combinations in manufacture, this seminar will explain basic tea manufacturing process, describe all six conventional tea categories, explore types of variations, taste specific innovative teas and learn about how they are made. We'll also learn how to recognize fact from marketing hype. Join tea authority Dan Robertson on a mind opening taste experience. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Fun With Tea's Aromas


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Each type of tea has its own pattern of aromas. Bring your favorite tea and together we'll discover the patterns and how they come about—and how to match them with familiar smells of your everyday kitchen. We may just give you some ideas of how to use these aromas for pairing your tea with foods! Speaker: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, Pair Teas Cost: Pending




Wagashi - Traditional Japanese Sweets


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, are often served at special events during the year, at tea ceremonies or as an every day treat. These beautiful confections are an important part of Japanese culture and the ingredients are plant based such as rice, sugar and beans. Crafted in a special way, very much related to each season of the year, or even each month, they create anticipation for the senses with flavors, textures and shapes that go in harmony. For this class we will have the honor to recreate some recipes from the book "The Art of Wagashi by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture at The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she was also the director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. Ms. Kimiko Gunji has kindly suggested some recipes from her own book so participants can recreate them from the comfort of their own homes. Let's embark on a journey of history, tradition and flavors from "The Land of the Rising Sun". Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $5 Materials suggested: a link for Book and kits containing some of the ingredients will be provided by Japan House, participants will be able to purchase those directly from them. A follow up email containing the link will be sent after the class is purchased.




Multiple Infusions: Unlocking the Subtle Layers of Flavor in the Tea Leaf


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Your favorite teas come with guidelines for steeping the first cup and may say that you can expect to get more than one infusion. And exploring the layers of flavor in your favorite teas adds fun and value to your tea practice. But how do you adjust the water temperature and steeping time to coax the most interesting flavors from your tea? We will explore some of the teas and teaware that help you get the most out of your favorite teas. Which teas are likely to give you the most number of steeps, and why? How do the tea makers craft the leaves to enhance this character? We will discuss these questions as we demonstrate multiple infusions with 4 different teas using 4 different kinds of infusion devices. Speaker: Babette Donaldson, International Tea Sippers Society Cost: $5




Delicious Tea Lattes & Other Tea Based Beverages


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Tea is definitely trending and you'll see more and more of it and its variations everywhere. Besides the regular cup of tea that most establishments might offer, some cafes and restaurants are adding more tea-based options on their menus like Matcha latte, Chai latte, and so on. There is a world of options and beverages that we can create with tea. Join me in this workshop and learn the basics on how to make the perfect tea latte, and let's create several recipes together using different types of teas, blends and powders (including some non-caffeinated ones) Speaker: Daniela Titiun, Tea Cachai Cost: $5 Suggested Materials: Daniela will send a pdf closer to time for the event with a suggested shopping list




Teas vs Herbs


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Not all hot herbal beverages can be categorized as tea. Tea comes from the tea shrub (Camellia sinensis). From this plant black, pu-erh, oolong, green, yellow and white teas are made. Tisanes on the opposite are often wrongly referred to as ‘herbal teas,’ but since they don’t come from the tea shrub, they’re not truly tea. In this workshop you will learn the differences between teas and tisanes, how to brew them and what are the health benefits of those herbs that have been used for thousands of years. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $10




Baking with Tea (Hands-on Participation)


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Do you love to bake but are stumped for new ideas? Do you need a little help and want to find some simple to make recipes? Are you a tea connoisseur and want to find new ways to use your teas beyond just drinking? Then join Head Sconista Leila and Tea Sommelier Erika in the kitchen for a step by step baking with tea live demonstration. We’ll be making: Chai Doodle Cookies, Orange and Spice Honey Cake, and Peach Apricot Tea Bread. Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room Cost: $36; includes a full canister of each of 3 teas so you have enough for cooking and to drink. Also, you’ll receive recipe sheets and a detailed shopping list.




Baking with Tea (Lecture Only)


Time: Time of Your Own Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Do you love to bake but are stumped for new ideas? Do you need a little help and want to find some simple to make recipes? Are you a tea connoisseur and want to find new ways to use your teas beyond just drinking? Then join Head Sconista Leila and Tea Sommelier Erika in the kitchen for a step by step baking with tea demonstration. We’ll be making: Chai Doodle Cookies, Orange and Spice Honey Cake, and Peach Apricot Tea Bread. Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room Cost: $15




Perfectly Paired Scones & Tea Tasting (Hands On Participation)


Time: Time of Your Own Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Throughout history there have been food pairings that were meant for each other. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chicken and Waffles, Macaroni and Cheese but never was there a more perfect marriage of two items then scones and tea. Erika’s Tea Room Scones are nationally recognized for the decadent flavors that cannot be found anywhere else in the US. These made from scratch scones are freshly baked the day they ship and arrive individually wrapped for freshness. Available in Regular or Gluten Free, we pair each scone with our 1st Flush Loose-Leaf Teas from around the world. Our Head Sconista and Tea Sommelier will guide you through a detailed tasting session where they talk about flavor profiles, choosing the right tea to pair with a scone, and scone history. Your flavor pairings will include: Orange Cranberry Scone with Orange Creamsicle Herbal Tea, Bailey’s Irish Cream Scone with Bailey’s Irish Cream Tea, Espresso Chip Scone with Espresso Latte Black Tea, Lemon Lavender Scone with Earl Grey Lavender Black Tea, Blueberry Mint Scone with Blueberry Mint Herbal Tea, and Crème Brule Scone with Crème Brule Black Tea Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room Cost: $36; includes teas & scones as listed above




Perfectly Paired Scones & Tea Tasting (Lecture Only)


Time: Time of Your Own Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Throughout history there have been food pairings that were meant for each other. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chicken and Waffles, Macaroni and Cheese but never was there a more perfect marriage of two items then scones and tea. Erika’s Tea Room Scones are nationally recognized for the decadent flavors that cannot be found anywhere else in the US. These made from scratch scones are freshly baked the day they ship and arrive individually wrapped for freshness. Available in Regular or Gluten Free, we pair each scone with our 1st Flush Loose-Leaf Teas from around the world. Our Head Sconista and Tea Sommelier will guide you through a detailed tasting session where they talk about flavor profiles, choosing the right tea to pair with a scone, and scone history. Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room




Putting on an Inclusivi-Tea


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded Lecture Description: Having tea is a community event. Often the food served with tea can be restrictive for those with special dietary needs. As a result, these folks can feel excluded from the shared tea experience. This presentation will take a basic tea food list (English style) and show you how you can prepare it to include your friends and loved ones with unique dietary restrictions such as gluten, dairy, and vegan. Speaker: Rachael Gilchrist, Nourishing the Table Cost: $5




Taste of Africa


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded Lecture Description: Pending Speaker: Molly Nesham, Persnicketea Cost: $5




Teas of Assam


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded Lecture Description: Pending Speaker: Molly Nesham, Persnicketea Cost: $5




The Periodic Table of Talking Tea


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded Lecture Description: Pending Speaker: Judith Leavitt, Talking Tea Cost: $5





Lecture

A Day In the Life of a Nepal Tea Garden


Time: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: No, it is not a story about a tea plucker! There are other people on a tea plantation who are necessary to produce great teas. I will talk about the people who are not first hand involved in the tea producing process. For example, one story is about the truck driver who has been with our Tea Estate for more than 20 years. He is responsible for bringing the teas every day from the upper garden which takes him 1 whole hour each way everyday. He has seen tea from a completely different angle and I am curious to bring his story. Speaker: Nischal Banskota, Nepal Tea Cost: $10




Cooking with Tea: How to Infuse Your Recipes


Time: Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: By incorporating tea into your recipes, you infuse them with both flavor and health benefits. In Asia, they've been cooking with tea for centuries, but it's just beginning to catch on in America as chefs at some of the top restaurants are experimenting with it. And while many people are familiar with green tea smoothies, matcha powder baked goods, or tea-poached eggs, that's only scratching the surface of what's possible. Alan & Marlys Arnold, owners of Adventures with Tea, will explore nine basic techniques for infusing your favorite teas into everything from main dishes to desserts. You'll discover examples of each technique ... plus they'll have some surprise bonus ideas! Speaker: Marlys Arnold & Alan Arnold, Adventures With Tea Cost: $10




Essentials of Tea Tasting


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: "Can you tell me what I'm tasting?" While only you can experience your own sense of taste for yourself, being able to describe and explore are definitely skills you can learn. In this interactive tasting class, we'll define through experience the essential tasting vocabulary terms to know, how they manifest and vary across categories, plus explore the technique of tasting itself. Includes a simple list of recommended teas to brew along live in real time during class. Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




How We Experience The Flavor of Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: What do your sense of taste, smell, and trigeminal sensation contribute to your experience of tea? Bring your favorite tea as we discuss how the compounds in the tea interact with your nose and mouth, and how to maximize your delight! Speaker: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, Pair Teas Cost: $10




The Health Benefits of Tea & Tea Rituals


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: In the ninth century when tea was traded to Mongolia, Tibet, and Japan, it became the favorite drink of Buddhist monks, who found that it helped them stay awake during long periods of prayer and meditation. Used as an elixir of sobriety and wakeful tranquility, tea was also a means of spiritual refreshment and the ritual of preparing and partaking of it was an occasion for spiritual conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart. In this class we will go over the basics of the Camellia Sinensis tea leaf and how to create your own tea ritual. Emilie will also share with you the most symbolic tea rituals around the world. Speaker: Emilie Jackson, Emilie's French Teas Cost: $15 Materials needed: Make sure to set up a for the class in a quiet space. Have tea and tea accessories ready to prepare tea together.




Hosting a Themed Tea Party


Time: Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Participants will learn how to create a themed menu, decide on party games and activities, pair menu with teas, create a tea table scape, etc. for a 2 hour themed tea party. This program is good for all levels of tea lover. Speaker: Erika Shanoff, Erika's Tea Room Cost: $5




Innovations In Tea 2020


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: While tea has been consumed for over 5000 years, new teas are being created all the time. Unconventional is becoming a new norm and it can be challenging to stay abreast of the fascinating changes and developments. From newly developed tea bush cultivars, alternate terroir, untraditional growing methods to modifications and combinations in manufacture, this seminar will explain basic tea manufacturing process, describe all six conventional tea categories, explore types of variations, taste specific innovative teas and learn about how they are made. We'll also learn how to recognize fact from marketing hype. Join tea authority Dan Robertson on a mind opening taste experience. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




The Rise of Single Estate Japanese Tea - How Did It Happen & Where Are We Heading?


Time: Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Although almost unheard of only twenty years ago, single estate Japanese tea has gained momentum in the last couple of years. With the number of cafes in Japan specializing in Japanese tea on the rise, and with increasingly frequent attention from commercial as well as private actors on different media platforms, signs are that the genre will strengthen its position even further in the near future. What drove the evolution in this direction? And why was single estate Japanese tea not available on the market only a few decades ago? Finally, what can we expect the future to offer us? Speaker: Oscar Brekell, Instructor of Japanese Tea & Author Cost: $10




The Perfect Tea Tasting Event


Time: Sunday, November 8, 9:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: How to plan and organise, what equipment is needed, how to present the teas, how to ensure that guests have a great time, learn more about tea and are encouraged to explore the ever widening range of world teas. Speaker: Jane Pettigrew, Author Cost: $10




Introduction to Pu-erh Tea


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu-erh expert Jeffrey McIntosh will help you to dive deeper and discover what makes Pu-erh so mystical, including differentiating between raw and ripe variations, properly brewing and storing Pu-erh, exploring tea fermentation, health benefits, and learning how to identify the quality of both raw and ripe Pu-erh teas.Walk away feeling confident in your newfound knowledge when brewing and purchasing your next Pu-erh Tea. Plus an exclusive Q&A session for the participants will follow the live presentation, please prepare your question ahead of time and submit them during the livestream. Feel free to grab a cup of your favorite tea and join us. Speaker: Jeffrey McIntosh, McIntosh Tea Cost: $15




Tea Cocktails


Time: Saturday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: During the class you will see techniques for proper brewing of teas and mixing them with various alcohols. Includes recipes. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: We will email you closer to the time of the event with suggestions of teas and alcohols to have on hand to make one of the recipes along with Agnieszka!




Women In Tea


Time: Sunday, November 8, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: I will discuss how women have not just been in the low level jobs in the tea industry but are setting examples in executive roles. One story is about our youngest and the only garden supervisor in the area but there are other stories of women as directors in the tea industry. There is one story about a woman who sent all her children to school just by selling tea everyday. The fee for this class is a donation to support the work that Nepal Tea is doing to support women. Speaker: Nishchal Banskota, Nepal Tea Cost: $10




What Is Caffeine & What Is It Doing In Your Tea?


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Caffeine is perhaps the most consumed "drug" in the world. Find out why and how the tea leaf makes caffeine, how much of the leaf's caffeine actually arrives into your cup, and what caffeine does and doesn't do for your health. Speaker: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace, Pair Teas Cost: $10




Blending In to Stand Out: An Exploration of Making Unique Tea Blends


Time: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: From all the way back in the 1800s, tea has been subject to the whims of people's ingenuity and creativity. Blends began as a means of masking flavor, but soon evolved into a way to achieve a desired outcome. Beyond emulating a given taste, it served as a vehicle to introduce health benefits to the public in a way that no other beverage could, long before kombucha and health shakes came to market. But as we're moving forward into the future, it seems that less and less people explore and experiment, so the purpose of this class is to walk you through the nuances of working with ingredients and tea, all with a goal in mind, in order to approach blending in a different way. A way that hopefully creates a new entry point for beginner drinkers and veteran connoisseurs to enjoy tea and reap all the added benefits blends have to offer. The syllabus is as follows:

  • What defines a blend?
  • Through the ages: blends of the past, the state of blends today, and their perception Looking to tomorrow: the importance and impact, and how to pass on the "tradition" of tea
  • Composition: the ingredients that go into them, sourcing, and the flavor/aroma wheel
  • Tools of the trade: verbiage and vocabulary, and basic setup for starting
  • Rules of engagement: Beginner's tips, blending with intention and emotion, and things to watch out for.
Speaker: Leo Nima, Ruby Lion Cost: $10 Materials needed: We highly recommend having a cup of something common like Earl Grey on hand to smell and taste, in lieu of being together to sample the ingredients that get discussed!




Gong Fu Cha and Its' 4 Golden Brewing Rules


Time: Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: This is a hands on interactive workshop that focuses on enhancing your understanding of Gong Fu Cha (history, origin, benefits, methods etc.) and your skills of using a Gaiwan. If you have never heard about the 4 golden brewing rules of Gaiwan, this workshop is for you! Speaker: Rainy Huang, Serene Tea Cost: $5 Materials Needed to Participate Along with Rainy: Gaiwan, and 4 loose leaf teas (preferably one ball shaped oolong tea, one green tea, one black tea, one white tea or Pu Erh).




Why We're Craving Tea In the Time of Corona


Time: Saturday, November 7, 10:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture
Description: Tea products have been touted for their various benefits for centuries, and have enjoyed increasing success as a healthy beverage in the North American market over the past decade. During this year’s global pandemic, however, the demand for wellness-promoting teas has spiked, according to reporting in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. In this live session we will examine the unique perceived and verified benefits of teas which support why so many are turning to tea and functional herbals today, and look forward to answering your questions on the topic. Speaker: Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot Cost: $10




Afternoon Tea: How Did This Eccentric Ritual Evolve and Why


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: How to organise and host an Afternoon Tea Party; tea etiquette including the cup, saucer and teaspoon, the tiered cake stand, the sandwiches, the tea knife and pastry fork, how to eat scones and pastries correctly, and much more. Speaker: Jane Pettigrew, Author Cost: $10




Candlelight Tea Meditation


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST (90 minutes) Type of Session: Livestream Lecture w/ Participation Description: The last weeks of the year are traditionally an auspicious period for tea lovers - a time for gathering close, sharing tea with dear friends, and reflecting on what we take into the days ahead. In this soothing, contemplative workshop, we'll explore the inherent energy of this season of gratitude. Includes a suggested list of easy to find teas and brewing items to practice in real time, guided tea meditation suitable for all levels, and also a peaceful playlist for you to optionally include music in your practice (exercises are set to this music). Speaker: Suzette Hammond, Being Tea Cost: $10




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (Lecture only)


Time: Pending Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (Lecture Only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $10




The Real Skinny on Tea & Weight Loss


Time: Sunday, November 8, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Sexy ads, click-bait articles and splashy social posts abound with offers to buy the latest TEA that will simply melt the excess pounds away. Research studies are confusing and often inconclusive in their final analysis. If you’re confused whether TEA can really help in the battle of the bulge, you are not alone. We all know weight loss is complex; nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, age all play a role. But what role can TEA play? Can it really help with healthy weight management? What information can I trust and what’s a scam? This presentation represents Stacie Robertson’s decade long search for the REAL truth about TEA when it comes to weight loss. In the USA 75% of all deaths are contributed to “lifestyle” diseases stemming from obesity, so it’s never been more important to find out. In this presentation you will learn what the new and emerging science has to say. We’ll unpack the data on population trials, scientific research on the chemistry of tea, and behavior modification utilizing tea. Combining this groundbreaking information with other good choices can help anyone achieve a healthier weight. Stacie takes a deep dive into peer reviewed published studies and crunches the facts and data into good news we can all use. Her lifelong quest for optimal health and passion for tea have led her to discover unique “hacks” using tea, that create real results you can see and feel. A lively, fun, and upbeat presentation you will genuinely enjoy, and your purchase includes a comprehensive email report with all the key points, data, and references! Speaker: Stacie Robertson, Tea Market Cost: $15




How to Enjoy Tamaryokucha (Lecture only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST Type: Livestream Lecture Description: Tamaryokucha is produced more than gyokuro in Japan, and I wonder how many of you know about this tea type? This class explains about steamedtamaryokucha and roasted tamaryokucha - their origins, making methods,characteristics, and instruct how to brew and enjoy tamaryokucha. Speaker: Tomoe Watanabe, Sono-Organic Cost: $5




The World of Japanese Black Teas (Lecture only)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream Lecture Description: Not much is known about Japanese Black teas, specially in the western part of the world. Even in Japan,these exceptional teas are not new, as some might believe. Its' production dates back to the early 1900’s when the first cultivar (tea plant variety or cépage) “Benihomare” was selected to produce the first black tea, which would become the “father” of other tea cultivars used for black tea production. This seminar will include history,main cultivars used for black tea production, and suggested brewing parameters for a very enjoyable cup of authentic Japanese black tea. Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $5





Tasting

Tea & Scones with Friends


Time: Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Gather your friends, of course, with social distancing or virtual, and enjoy the taste, fun & fellowship of “Tea & Scones”. Join Brenda as she walks you through this very simple but very rewarding event.The class will include a video demonstrating simple steps that will make you an award winning scone maker! Brenda will share secrets of her fifteen years providing yummy, flaky scones for hundreds of guests socializing and enjoying "TEA and Scones with Friends." Sarah will provide visual brewing methods for that "Perfect Cup of TEA" along with ideas for choosing the tea for your TEA and Scone experience with friends. Speaker: Brenda Hedrick, Anna Marie's Teas Cost: $10 Suggested Materials: Brenda's Scone Mix & Anna Marie's flavored tea blends for 6 people. (link to Anna Marie's Teas pending)




How Mississippi Sunshine (Yellow Tea) is Made


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Have you ever had, or have you ever heard of, yellow tea? It is the rarest of teas in the tea world and is very rarely found outside of China. The good news is that it is being made right here in the US!In this course, we will explore how Mississippi Sunshine Yellow Tea is made. We will take you on a video/picture tour of the farm and processing facility and show you step by step how Mississippi Sunshine is made.You will receive a half ounce packet of Mississippi Sunshine prior to the class. We will brew it up and taste it together during the class.We look forward to seeing you in the class. Seating is limited so get your tickets today! Speaker: Jason McDonald & Timothy Gipson, The Great Mississippi Tea Company Cost: $30, includes 1/2 ounce sample




All About Earl Grey


Time: Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting

All About Earl Grey. Yes, he was a real person. Learn about Bergamot and how to make a smooth cup of Earl Grey tea. Standards for this tea are a gray area, so we will compare lots of different blends then make our own.

Bring a teabag or 5 grams of any Earl Grey and steep it, as we talk about the history and culture of this blend. We’ll do a survey of the various brands and post the results for all attendees. Then we’ll have a discussion of how to make an Earl Grey blend that suits you. If you order the blending kit, you can play along.

Speaker: Molly Nesham, Persnicketea Cost: $5, includes a single serving of Earl Grey black tea & shipping Materials needed: Kettle or something to heat water, good water, small teapot or large cup to brew the tea plus a cup for the brewed tea and a teaspoon. If you want to order the blending kit from PersnickeTea, you can purchase it here: Blending Kit. Be sure to order at least 3 weeks in advance of the event so you are sure to have your kit by then.




Oolong Tea Immersion


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST

Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting

Description: Producing Oolong tea is arguably one of the most demanding and rewarding styles of tea. Their flavors can run from sweet, light, and floral, to dark, woodsy and roasted. Making the best oolong teas requires hours of constant attention, and years of sensory and skill building to coax everything the leaf has to offer.

Learning about oolongs and building an understanding of this unique category of tea requires some (rewarding) devotion. This session will guide you through an exploration of several styles and tastes that highlights the wide range of experiences that oolong teas offer us.

We will also be guiding a tasting of two quite different oolongs during our time together.

You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters.

Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung (VeriLeaf) Cost: $10 Cost: $10 Materials suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase a sampling of these two teas so you can enjoy those with us. For a deeper oolong experience, we will offer a sampling kit of all the teas we cover.




Foundations of Professional Tea Cupping (w/ Tastings)


Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tasting tea is not simply a pleasurable experience, it is a profession. Standardized Tea Cupping is the method that pro tea tasters use to objectively analyze and evaluate teas. Professional tea tasters hone their palate and skills cupping hundreds of teas a day. But, the procedure may be different depending on what teas are being evaluated and where they are from. Learn the key factors used in tea cupping and how to recognize and communicate both quality and deficiency. Discussions also include different traditions, equipment and methods as well as stories of legendary tea tasters. Led by Dan Robertson, Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club and judge at international tea competitions, this class is based on the ITCC Professional Tea Tasting training program offered at the training center in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $49; includes Standard Professional 4 piece Cupping Set and several samples of different teas




Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas


Date: Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm CST Type: Livestream with Tasting Description: Examining the Influence of Elevation, Oxidation and Roasting on Taiwanese Teas Speaker: David Tillerman, Tillerman Tea Cost: $35; includes 1/2 ounce each of 6 different Taiwanese teas Materials needed: At least 3 and ideally 6 cha hai (sharing pitchers, cups, bowls, etc.) so the different teas can be examined and compared at the same time, source of boiling water, tea cups, gaiwan or pot for brewing




Pu-erh Tea: Immersion (w/ Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Pu Er tea is taking the US tea market by storm, yet few people are actually familiar with exactly what it is. Based on the same curriculum of the intensive Immersion: Pu Er study program, Dan Robertson, owner of The Tea House, World Tea Tours, and Director of the International Tea Cuppers Club will cover the full story of Pu Er tea from historical perspective to modern manufacturing methods, cultivars and quality tasting/evaluation, storage and preparation. Whether it comes in cakes, cones, bricks, bowls, melons or in loose form, learn the tasty secrets of one of the tea worlds most celebrated teas. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: $30, includes tea samples




Terroir and Cultivar of Japanese Green Tea - Find Your Taste and Brew Perfectly


Time: Saturday, November 7, 5:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Just like wine or coffee, Japanese green tea has terroir and cultivar. Depending on the region produced or manufacturing process, you can enjoy various taste and scent. It gives us fun to find our own taste. Also it's important to know the right brewing temperature and time to enjoy the difference, otherwise sometimes it causes too bitter or too astringent taste. This class will introduce major terroirs and cultivars in Japan, the guide to find your favorite teas in tea shops and tips to brew in a delicious way. Speaker: Akiko Ono, Liliku Tea Cost: $5; includes tea samples




The Mysterious World of Dark Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: There’s a Chinese tea, mostly from Hunan province, called Dark Tea, that is shrouded in mystery. It is a medium-bodied tea with many varieties, renowned in China for its health properties. The Chinese have been drinking this tea since the 9th century, but it is almost unknown in the West. This workshop will explore the world of Dark Tea. We will taste at least three different types of Dark Tea. We will explain many aspects of Dark Tea: where it comes from, how is it made, and what makes it unique. This is not a session on the health benefits of Dark Tea. But, If you like learning and tasting things new, this is the session for you. Speaker: Bill Waddington, Tea Source Cost: $15; includes tea samples




Darjeeling Teas In Harmony with the Seasons


Time: Sunday, November 8, 9:00am CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Started in 1859, Glenburn has been perfecting the art of growing Darjeeling tea for over 150 years. Join Shalini Agarwal, 3rd generation of the Chaiwala family and explore what makes this tea so special. It is the unique terroir and location of Darjeeling, in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India, that has given Darjeeling Tea a Geographical Index much like the one that Champagne has. This session will give you a clear understanding of the differences between the four seasonal teas of Darjeeling. We will learn about how the weather, varietal and microclimate affect flavor and best ways to brew, hot or cold. Speaker: Shalini Prakash Agarwal, Glenburn Fine Teas Cost: $25; includes a sample from each of the four seasonal teas and a brewing guide




Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Teas and Their Hundreds of Aromas


Time: Sunday, November 8, 4:00pm CST Type: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: This is a playful blind tasting workshop that asks you to guess what tea we are drinking, and the first 3 persons with correct answers will each receive 1 oz free Phoenix Dan Cong teas! Each attendee will receive 3 Dan Cong teas as samples and provided with 5 cultivars to guess from. After each tea’s first steeping, everyone will be given 1-2 mins to taste the tea and guess which cultivar it is before we discuss tasting notes and background stories more in depth. The answers will be revealed in the end and more details will be explained. Speaker: Rainy Huang, Serene Tea Cost: $25; includes 3 samples of Dan Cong Oolong teas




New Zealand Tea


Time: Saturday, November 7, 1:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Explore the new region of growing tea. Tea Sommelier from TeaGschwendner will explain the reasoning for the new production, history, and differences from other cultivation. Taste the teas from the other side of the world via cupping of 3 unique teas. Speaker: Agnieszka Rapacz, Tea Gschwendner
Cost: $25; includes 3 tea samples




How to Enjoy Tamaryokucha (w/ Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST Type: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: Tamaryokucha is produced more than gyokuro in Japan, and I wonder how many of you know about this tea type? This class explains about steamedtamaryokucha and roasted tamaryokucha - their origins, making methods,characteristics, and instruct how to brew and enjoy tamaryokucha. Speaker: Tomoe Watanabe, Sono-Organic Cost: $12; includes roasted tamaryokucha tea samples (leaf tea 10g, powder tea 10g) and steamed tamaryokucha tea samples (leaf tea 10g) Suggested Materials: Boiled soft water (boiled for 5 min.), 2 small ceramic
cups, 1 ceramic teapot, and 1 teaspoon.




15 Teas Every Tea Lover Should Taste


Time: Saturday, November 7, 2:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tastings Description: With the tea plant now growing in more than 60 countries and with thousands of teas from which to choose, selecting just 15 teas to highlight was a daunting task for the editors of TeaTime magazine. Learn about the history and flavor profiles that make these teas so notable that every well-rounded tea drinker should experience them at least once. Editor Lorna Reeves will guide you to taste several of the selections in class and will equip you with the necessary skills to taste the remaining teas on your own. Speaker: Lorna Reeves, Tea Time Magazine Cost: $35; includes kit of 15 teas




A Deeper Look Into China's Teas


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream with Tasting Description: Even the casual tea drinker has enjoyed some of China’s famous teas. But have you considered the range of tea styles, the thousands of varieties, and the geographical influence on your favorite beverage? Our approach will be to offer flights of teas. This guide allows us to show a wide variety of teas. More importantly, we not only learn about processing but gain insights into intent on the part of tea masters. Each category will be represented by several teas, and the logic behind a suggested sequence will show how we evaluate quality and find good value. Each flight can serve as a map for future exploration on your own. You will also have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters. Speaker: Tim Smith ( The Tea Smith) & Lydia Kung ( Verileaf) Cost: $10 Materials Suggested: You can go to The Tea Smith's website to purchase any or all of the tea flights we will discuss.




The World of Japanese Black Teas (with Tasting)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 4:00pm CST Type of Session: Livestream w/ Tasting Description: Not much is known about Japanese Black teas, specially in the western part of the world. Even in Japan,these exceptional teas are not new, as some might believe. Its' production dates back to the early 1900’s when the first cultivar (tea plant variety or cépage) “Benihomare” was selected to produce the first black tea, which would become the “father” of other tea cultivars used for black tea production. This seminar will include history,main cultivars used for black tea production, suggested brewing parameters for a very enjoyable cup of authentic Japanese black tea and a special surprise for those who attend this seminar. Last year, at the Chicago International Tea Festival 2019, I had the honor to work with the collaboration of Mr. Florent Weugue for two successful seminars, Mr. Weugue is the first French citizen certified as “Japanese Tea Instructor (Nihoncha)”, living in Japan for more than two decades,also Director of Product Research and Development at Thés du Japón,Tokyo-Yanaka shop and online shop.This year for this “Virtual Festival” he has kindly accepted to provide a unique selection from his exclusive line of black teas for those guests who would like to taste them at the comfort of their homes. Speaker: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, Tea Instructor (Japanese Teas and Japanese Ceramics) Cost: $25; includes 30 grams of tea samples plus a bonus!





Pre-Recorded (Free)

Types of Japanese Tea


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Kei Neshida, Japanese Green Tea Co. Cost: Free




Gong Fu Cha and Its' 4 Golden Brewing Rules


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Description: This is a hands on interactive workshop that focuses on enhancing your understanding of Gong Fu Cha (history, origin, benefits, methods etc.) and your skills of using a Gaiwan. If you have never heard about the 4 golden brewing rules of Gaiwan, this workshop is for you! Speaker: Rainy Huang, Serene Tea-Cha Cost: Free Materials Suggested: Gaiwan, and 4 loose leaf teas (preferably one ball shaped oolong tea, one green tea, one black tea, one white tea or Pu Erh).




Innovations in Tea 2019


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Description: This is a recording of the Innovations session Dan did at the 2019 Chicago International Tea Festival. Speaker: Dan Robertson, The Tea House, International Tea Cuppers Club Cost: Free




Building a Tea Library


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Description: Pending Speaker: Babette Donaldson, International Tea Sippers Society Cost: Free




Hojicha


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Description: Speaker: Akiko Ono, Liliku Tea Cost: Free




Malwatte Valley Tea Estate Virtual Tour


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: A quick virtual tour of Malwatte Valley Tea estate in Sri Lanka Speaker: Lucas Bogtstra, Malwatte Valley Tea Cost: Free




History of Tea In India


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Husna Tara Prakash, Glenburn Fine Tea Cost: Free




Tour of Glenburn Tea Estate


Time: Time of Your Choosing Type of Session: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Glenburn Manager, Mahesh & Husna Tara Prakash, Glenburn Fine Tea Cost: Free




Emotional Agili-Tea


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Description: Tea’s ability to invite self-reflection also grants us the ability to remain emotionally agile during moments of duress, especially through the lens of Gong Fu Cha. Emotional Agili-Tea explores a perspective to tea that invites us to show up to our difficult emotions and thoughts using the tea table as the centerpiece. We will touch upon what constitutes emotional rigidity and agility, why it’s valuable to invite the uncomfortable moments, and how we can utilize tea as a metaphor and exercise to play and explore with curiosity and compassion. Speaker: Marco Namowicz, Steap'd Cost: Free Suggested Materials: Notepad, Pencil, Gong Fu Cha set recommended but not necessary




Decoding Terroir


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: In this workshop, learn how a tea's unique environment and local culture changes its flavor, texture, and aroma, and how to confidently read descriptions on online sites to understand the tea's terroir. Speaker: Rie Tulali, Tea Curious Cost: Free




Herbs & Chakras


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded lecture Description: Pending
Speaker: Denise Donnelly-Neill, Herbal Alchemy Teahouse & More Cost: Free




Introduction to Loose Leaf Teas


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded lecture Description: Are you just dipping your toe into the world of loose leaf teas? Wondering what type of tea is what; how they get from the tea plant to your cup? Not sure where to start, what equipment you absolutely have to have and things that are just nice to have? This is the session for you. Nicole will take you through the main types of loose leaf teas, general guidelines for preparing them and demonstrate a few ways to steep from the simple to the elegant. Speaker: Nicole Burriss, Taste All The Teas (Founder & Director of International Virtual Tea Festival, Chicago International Tea Festival, Midwest Tea Festival) Cost: Free




How to Create a Virtual Tea Event & Festival


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-recorded lecture Description: Learn how to create, promote, and manage your tea event all by yourself. In this workshop, you will be able to learn easy, but very effective technical, design, and marketing skills that you can directly apply to your event without coding. Speaker: Soo Chung, Tea Creative Cost: Free




Confident Tea Evaluation


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Rie Tulali, Tea Curious Cost: Free




Unusual Teas from Unusual Places in the World


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Maragret Harris, Blue Monkey Tea Cost: Free




Yerba Mate


Time: Any Time of Your Choosing Type: Pre-Recorded Description: Pending Speaker: Maragret Harris, Blue Monkey Tea Cost: Free





Main Stage Livestream (Free)

Tea In Climate Change


Time: Saturday, November 7, 12:00pm CST - Subject to Change! Description: Speaker: James Orrock, Single Origin Teas Cost: Free




Drinking Tea at the Activist Tea House (Panel Discussion)


Time: Saturday, November 7, 6:00pm CST - Subject to Change! Description: The act of drinking tea has always welcomed conversation around the table. Here at Activist Teahouse, we look beyond our cups and use tea to engage in the wider world dialogue. We commit to amplify voices in our communities and provide resources to kick start action towards positive change. We understand the potential of small ripples. Together, let us manifest unity and equality globally, one sip at a time. In this discussion, we will outline our pillars of action and some of the ways we’ve been able to facilitate discourse within the tea community. Join the organizers of the Activist Teahouse as we introduce the creative brainstorming that gave rise to its inception and mission. We’ll take part in an open Q&A discussion to hear YOU, the community! Speakers: Marco Namowicz (Steap'd), Jin Galvez, Rie Tulali (Tea Curious), & Jess Hernandez (@hernandezjess) Cost: Free




History of Matcha & Japanese Tea Ceremony


Time: Sunday, November 8, 10:00am (CST) - Subject to Change! Description: Speaker: Asami Iba, GEN-J Cost: Free




Tea Bloggers Roundtable


Time: Sunday, November 8, 11:00am CST - Subject to Change! Description: pending Speakers: Marco Namowicz, Rachel Carter, Cost: Free




Matcha: Fact or Fiction?


Time: Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm CST - Subject to Change! Description:
Speaker: Noli Ergas, Sugimoto Cost: Free




Health Benefits of Japanese Teas


Time: TBD Description: You may already know tea is a healthy beverage. Join Tomoe Watanabe of Sono-Organic as he reveals the science behind the health benefits of Japanese teas in particular. He will discuss the chemical compounds in teas as researched by Japanese scientists and share those findings with you. Speaker: Tomoe Watanabe, Sono Organic
Cost: Free




Japanese Ceramics


Time: TBD Description: Japanese teas and handcrafted ceramic tea wares are strongly connected. All the time consuming,art and what each potter really want to transmit in their unique pieces is beyond priceless.
Last year, for the Chicago International Tea Festival, I had the incredible honor to bring, present and use unique pieces handcrafted by award winner artist @taisukeshiraiwa Shiraiwa Taisuke san who kindly agreed to collaborate with the festival.
This year, he will be back! Presenting for the very first time the process that involves making his famous kyusus.
You will be able to enjoy this documentary (that will include also another guest), from the comfort of your home.
Please, do not miss this unique opportunity to learn about the amazing world of Japanese ceramics. Session Host: Gabriela Sorgenfrey, @gabrielasorgenfrey Cost: Free





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